In a significant stride towards promoting scientific research and space exploration, Akal University in Bathinda, Punjab, has achieved a remarkable feat. The esteemed institution has been chosen as the nodal center for the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) prestigious Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START) program. This extraordinary recognition reflects the University’s commitment to academic excellence and gives students the unique opportunity to contribute to India’s space endeavors.
Students’ Chance to Contribute to India’s Space Endeavors
The START Programme is planned for undergraduate students of postgraduate and final-year Sciences and Technology. This is a comprehensive training Programme that aims to instruct the students about distinct realms of Space Science. The selection of Akal University as a Nodal Centre is beneficial for all the interested students in the region. This program enables meritorious students from various disciplines to participate in the training program.
Since its inception, Kalgidhar Trust has aimed to impart value-based quality education to students. Rural Empowerment is a fundamental purpose. This selection will remunerate those schemes that are already in fast progress. Such involvement helped students from rural India to come to the forefront and contribute to the field of space technology. This collaboration will help fulfill the vision of Sant Baba Iqbal Singh ji, who envisaged such developments; education should reach everyone. Nobody should live without a scientific, value-based, quality education.
Akal University’s compliance towards learning with experience:
Akal University is furnished with solid infrastructure and equipped labs that help the students to understand the practicality of the subjects and also help them internalize their knowledge base. Akal University rejects rote learning; students are instructed with practical knowledge and whole lab experience. ISRO START Programme is one step ahead in learning practical and experience-based knowledge.
The Department of Physics event coordinator, Dr. Ramandeep Kaur, reported that the program is designed to give students a foundational understanding of Space Science and Technology and introduce them to potential research and employment paths.
Post and Undergraduate students are eligible to participate in the program.
Akal University’s Selection as a Nodal Centre:
Akal University’s honorable Vice Chancellor, Prof. Gurmail Singh, has made a special announcement about the selection for the START Program. The University’s unwavering commitment to endorsing scientific inquiry and innovation has earned it this prestigious position. The Akal University’s nomination by ISRO as a research center signifies the recognition of the institution’s capabilities and confidence placed in its faculty and students. University’s selection for START Programme is a testament to adequate infrastructure, equipped lab system, and qualified faculty members that assure the credibility of the campus. Prof. Gurmail Singh also ensures that the event will be accomplished with the active participation of all stakeholders.
Dr. Ramandeep Kaur: Event Coordinator and ISRO Collaboration
Dr. Ramandeep Kaur has been selected as the event coordinator. She wholeheartedly announced University’s selection as a nodal center. Since it is an introductory training program, the coordinator will handle attendance maintenance and decorum during the session. Dr. Ramandeep Kaur informed us about the registration and shared the registration link with the students. Participants’ registration will be approved by the coordinator. ISRO will provide Merit Certificates to those students who will score 50% in the online examination.
Implications for Akal University
This association with ISRO has opened up new possibilities for Akal University. The University is witnessing unprecedented scientific inquiry, innovation, and technology growth. The nodal center status positions the University as a hub for fostering cutting-edge research and innovation, creating an environment conducive to the development of young space scientists.
Exposure for Students:
This selection brings forth many advantages for students at Akal University. They will experience huge exposure where scientists from Indian academia and ISRO centers enlighten the students with different domains of space science: astronomy, astrophysics, heliophysics, Sun-Earth interaction, instrumentation, and aeronomy. They will get an opportunity to engage in projects of national importance, working alongside eminent scientists and experts from ISRO. This exhibition will enhance students’ technical skills and provide valuable insights into the practical application of space technology.
Akal University’s collaboration with ISRO will enhance the research credibility of the campus. It also creates futuristic possibilities where national institutions collaborate, and the University is competent enough to match the requirements of such programs.
Last Date for Registration: Join the START Programme at Akal University
Event coordinator Dr. Ramandeep Kaur thanked the University and the Head of the Department of Physics for establishing an association with ISRO. It is going to be a very liberalizing experience for the participants. Registration has started, and all willing candidates should register for the program as the 15th of July is the last date for registration – as reported by the event coordinator.
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It is an exemplary achievement for a region that Akal University has selected as the nodal center for the START Program. This association will benefit university students and contribute to India’s growth in space technology. This achievement positions the University at the forefront of space research and technology. It shows a brighter future in space exploration and reaffirms the nation’s commitment to scientific research.